The concept behind this album was to have four engineering friends with analog equipment and tendencies to record four songs each. Each engineer was given one of the four physical elements and asked to try and do their magic in such a way as to embody that element. The songs they recorded were selected to be the most fitting, lyrically and musically, for the element they were given. The album was recorded in July and August, 2002. Dave Matthies (the gift machine) recorded the Water tracks at his Ink River Studio. Rich Canut (Language Arts, Goldstar) and Labrynt McLaughlin (Goldstar) recorded the Earth tracks at their Lab Partner Studio. Doug Krebs (Lago Volunteers, Break Off!) recorded the Wind tracks at his Dig Recordings Studio. Sean McKee (The Narrows) and Jon McIntyre recorded the Fire tracks in the basement of the F Street house on the old Yo-Yo Studios board that Justin McIntyre (The Narrows) owns. Most of these people also played instruments on their songs to help try and "embody" the element they had. ALL the money paid for copies of this album goes to the International Solidarity Movement.
March 18, 2014 Subject:
The Four Elements Of Analog by A Sandcastle Still
I read what the other reviews had written about the contents of this web page at Archive.org and looked up the original album on the MASA Records website to verify what they were saying. It appears that this record when you find it on the MASA website has a total of fifteen whole tracks on it instead of just the three you see here. The tracks Shannon The Meadowlands, and Trick Or Treat weren't bad but whoever is representing MASA needs to also add the rest of the songs. As things stand now I give this representation of the The Four Elements Of Analog album three stars.
May 12, 2009 Subject:
the record is a compilation of 4 recording projects released to support the cause of "Palestinian liberation from the immoral, illegal and pathetic occupation by the nation of Israel and for the creation of a Palestinian state." The 4 different projects consist of musicians from the Bellingham, Washington and Anacortes area. identity
"Shannon" is by Doug Krebs and Rich under the name "wind"
"The Meadowlands" is by Rich Canut and Labrynt McLaughlin under the name "earth"
and "Trick or Treat" is by Dave Matthies under the name "water"
i thought of the compilation as well done and well recorded, but perhaps it is because i have a physical copy.
July 8, 2007 Subject:
MASA has some identification problems
I remark that MASA has a serious problem of identity or identification! - After listened a tune, the music seems to be cool but the collection is dangerousely un-structured and in major cases albums have no covers or pictures to identify them! - It is the same thing for the website that has a very poor presentation in wich it is very difficult to navigate and understand! Also, it is very difficult to understand wnat the owner of this label want to do!!!! Sell or free? - MASA sells some albums while its says that all the music is free in a non commercial manner! The owner of the MASA label has an original label but he must give a lot of corrections to these lacks to render his label the one we love!!!
May 23, 2005 Subject:
What is this?
I can't for the life of me see how these tracks relate to the description above. First off, there are only three tracks when the description promises 4 tracks each by four artists. The tracks have no ID3 info and the titles tell nothing of which artist recorded them or what element they are supposed to represent. None of them feel very firey or watery or whatever. As far as production and songwriting go, these are actually pretty good songs, but I don't listen to them because I can't stand this guy's voice. It's seriously sharp, out of tune and just grating.
November 9, 2004 Subject:
good stuff, but where's the rest?
The first song is especially nice, but there are only 4 songs!
What happened to the other tracks??